Benson, Walter Amburn, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman First Class
Last Primary NEC
S1c-0000-Seaman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman First Class
Primary Unit
1941-1941, S1c-0000, USS Sea Dragon (SS-194)
Service Years
1940 - 1941
Seaman First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Charlotte, MI
Last Address
723 S Cochran ST
Charlotte, MI

Casualty Date
Dec 10, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
Millersburg Cemetery - Eaton County, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Last Known Activity

On December 8, 1941, the day the war began in the Philippines, USS Seadragon (SS-194) had started a yard period at the Cavite Navy Yard in Manila Bay, Philippines.  On December 10, she and sister submarine USS Sealion were moored together and were caught in a Japanese air raid against Cavite.  Sealion took a direct hit which demolished her and damaged Seadragon.  The force of the explosion ripped off part of Seadragon's bridge, fragments and splinters punctured her ballast tanks and conning tower, and heat of the explosion scorched her hull and blistered her black paint.  The explosion killed one and wounded five. S1c Benson was the sailor who was killed during the attack and thus became one of the first submarine fatalities of the war.

Service number: 3114563

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Swordfish (SS-193)US NavyUSS Sea Dragon (SS-194)
  1940-1941, AS-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1941-1941, S1c-0000, USS Swordfish (SS-193)
  1941-1941, S1c-0000, USS Henderson (AP-1)
  1941-1941, S1c-0000, USS Sea Dragon (SS-194)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Japanese air attacks on US vessels in Cavite
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 01, 1941, Promoted to S1c
  Nov 03, 1948, Application for Headstone or Marker1
  Sep 02, 2018, General Photos
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WWII Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry
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